Lightroom Map Module

Lightroom Map Module

I take hundreds of photos a week on my smart phone and these photos all have GPS data attached to them. More and more cameras are equipped with GPS devices that track where each photo is taken and this can be useful both professional and amateur photographers alike. One module that is often overlooked in Lightroom is the Map Module.


I primarily use the map module only with my smart phone photos as none of my other cameras have GPS data at this time. I’ll take you through the basic features of the map module as it’s fairly intuitive to use and functions similarly to many internet based maps (such as Google, Bing, etc.)

Lightroom Map Module

This screenshot shows the bottom part of Manhattan and all of the tags represent an image or group of images from that location. As you zoom in on the viewer, more tags will appear at more specific locations.

Lightroom Map Module

When you hover over a tag, it shows an image and you can look at other images from that same area by using the arrow buttons on the viewer that popped up. If you click on an image, you can see that that image (and surrounding images) appear in the filmstrip at the bottom of Lightroom as seen in the next image here:

Lightroom Map Module

The GPS information is quite detailed depending on what device you have. You can see in this next image, it shows location, plus Longitude/Latitude and even altitude.

Lightroom Map Module

While this may not be something you use everyday, it can be useful to find a location where you took a photo in the past.

You can also find locations on the map and then tag images that don’t have GPS data (like DSLR images) with the location. This is a process I cover in my Lightroom 101 class.

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